Ella Wheeler Wilcox was known for her uplifting messages reflecting her positive outlook on life. Case in point:
'Tis easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows along like a song,
But a man worth while is the man who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
More famously, Wilcox's poem "Solitude" expresses a sentiment in its first lines which has since become a cliche.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth
Must borrow its mirth,
It has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound
To a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care...
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all;
There are none to decline
Your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Towards the end of her life, Wilcox became more and more interested in spiritual matters, even writing a book on the subject. When her husband died, she attempted (successfully) to contact him from beyond the grave.